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The World of Independent Publishing

Interested in self-publishing your book? In this interactive class,
you’ll learn practical strategies to help you get started! We’ll
cover the essentials of print publishing, including costs, real-world
sales figures and profits, as well as marketing hooks and other
promotion tips. We’ll also discuss publishing eBooks—formatting,
royalties, where to sell your eBook, and how independent publishing
can jump-start your writing career. Instructor Susan Colleen Browne is the author of seven independently published books, including the Whatcom County-set memoir, Little Farm in the Foothills. Her latest novel, The Hopeful Romantic, will be released May 2015.

The World of Independent Publishing

Date: April 22 & 29, 2015
Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Village Books
Cost: $69
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Chuckanut Writing Classes at WCC

Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice

Learn how to create and sustain a writing practice within the context of a busy life–a meaningful and relevant practice which will be useful and interesting, auto-didactic, as well as motivating and inspiring. Through experiential learning and class sharing, you’ll tap into the empowering aspects of writing. Joel Gillman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch in Los Angeles, maintains a thousand-word-a-day blog, and has been showing middle school students ways of “tapping in” for 23 years. Continue reading Chuckanut Writing Classes at WCC

Sue Boynton Poetry Contest Announces Winners and Awards Ceremony

About 300 Whatcom County residents participated in the 9th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest which was judged by Jim Bertolino, a nationally recognized and popular award-winning poet, and Sheila Nickerson, former poet laureate of Alaska and two-time Pushcart Prize winner.

“All of us on the committee are thrilled by the volume of poems submitted this year, the rich quality of materials, and the ever-increasing participation of students,” says Norman Green, Boynton Committee Co-Chair.

The contest’s judges select the poems through a blind process. The 2014 Walk Award winners are: Michelle Ballou, Amanda Chandler (10th grade), Linda Conroy, Thom Davis, Evan Ingalls, Konrad Kocsis, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Savannah Miller (12th grade), Erica Reed and Judy Teresa.

Merit Winners are: Luther Allen, Diane Bateman, Angela Belcaster, Cassondra Dick (11th grade), Seren Fargo, Seth Friedman, Suzanne Harris, Bob Hicks, Brett Larkin (6th grade), Thomas Lewis (10th grade), Carol McMillan, M. Ann Miller and Cody Moser (12th grade), Donna Watson Rushing, and Luci Shaw.

The public is invited to honor the winners and hear the poets read their winning entries at the Sue C. Boynton Awards Ceremony, Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m. The awards ceremony is held at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. The event (and parking) are free. This year Kevin Murphy will emcee, and the judges will present award certificates. A chapbook of poems from this year’s contest will be available for purchase. All poems entered in this year’s contest will be on display at the awards ceremony.

Copies of each poem, on placards designed by Anita Boyle and Angela Boyle of Egress Studio, will be displayed for a year inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses circulating throughout the county. The Walk Award winners will be displayed for a year on engraved plaques on the Poetry Walk in front of the Bellingham Library—one of a few permanent poetry installations in the United States.

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